The Red Wings will go back to goalie Jonas Gustavsson Wednesday when they host the Boston Bruins. Gustavsson hasn't a lost game in regulation time this season (5-0-1), and is coming off a sound 21-save effort Sunday in a 3-1 victory over Buffalo. Jimmy Howard is 5-7-6, hasn't won in seven starts (0-4-3) and likely won't play until the weekend. "You can't ask from your second goaltender more than we've got from him," said coach Mike Babcock of Gustavsson, who has a .926 save percentage and 2.35 goals-against average. By comparison, Howard is .908 and 2.72. Still, Babcock is quick to point out Howard is unquestionably the No. 1 goalie. "Let's be clear, we'll go as far as Howie takes us," Babcock said. "He's an elite goalie who it hasn't gone as good as he'd like to lately. We'll give him a breather to work with Jimmy (Bedard, Red Wings goaltender coach). "It's important we get Howie to think good about himself. It's about confidence, feeling good about yourself, and we can continue to roll on." "It's good Gus got us a win (Sunday) so we can go back to him." Gustavsson was in net Oct. 14 when the Red Wings defeated Boston but Babcock said that had nothing to do with his decision. "I knew that and you take everything into account," Babcock said. "But he's gotten points in every game this season (11 of 12 possible points, one overtime loss). He's done a good job for us and given us a chance to win games."
Wings will go with Jonas Gustavsson again over slumping Jimmy Howard
Detroit News | Nov 26